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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: May 27, 2011 4:19pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Born This Way?

I agree with your assessment of Dylan - over time, his importance cannot be overstated. He was an important influence over the entire period. That said, I would also argue that his contribution was a little more social and literary than musical - although the music is solid and entertaining, there's nothing spectacular or unusual about it. His music is in direct lineage from gospel choirs, field hollers, blues players, and folksingers. (Guthrie) To these ears, Dylan was the first white rapper ! (Not meant to be derogatory - I just think of rap and hip/hop as "street poetry", not music.)

I think SDH and bkidwell really hit the nail on the head. It's the music - you either get it or you don't, and we all get different little pieces of that amazing spectrum.

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Poster: light into ashes Date: May 27, 2011 7:14pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Born This Way?

Hmm....although I think Dylan's the single most important person in rock music in the last 50 years, I don't see him as really having "social or literary" importance as you put it, as his primary influence was on other musicians. Kind of a combination of songs/lyrics/singing style that reset what was possible for other people to do. The music itself, as you say, didn't really break new ground - that was just the setting for the really important stuff - though the musical styles he chose were often very effective. Though now I think about it, that seems a limiting way to put it - but the magic of a Dylan song isn't in the fancy chords! One reason, I guess, they have been so often covered & reinterpreted in different styles...